Every thought and emotion affects your health. A holistic health approach encompasses treating the whole person in the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Traditional cultures have known for thousands of years that these aspects are intimately connected. Every food we eat, every thought entertain, every emotion we feel, and every interaction we experience impacts overall health.
Many blame their health problems on genetics, a virus, toxins in the air, and stress. While these factors can contribute to illness, very often problems result from a lack of fundamental health-enhancing qualities such as responsibility, a strong will, family support, passion, a balanced lifestyle, and knowledge of good health. Without these, whatever modality is chosen becomes just another pill to be taken and discarded when symptoms disappear.
When disease is artificially removed without changing the underlying cause, long-term health will NOT be achieved. The quick fix approach brings little or no permanent success. I’m not suggesting that we abandon medical treatment. I am recommending that we look for the deeper causes of the problem from a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and lifestyle perspective. We need to take a holistic health perspective. Lasting solutions can be found to multiple illnesses of society by getting at the root of the problem holistically.
I have observed patterns among those who have successfully reversed health problems. These traits are not rigid models, we all have them to some degree. They are holistic health approaches that each of us can maximize in our own unique way to return to our natural state of health.
Here are some very important steps you must take to achieve optimal holistic health. I can assure you that by putting these into practice, your overall health will be much improved! Sometimes you have to reevaluate what it is that you are doing with your life. By doing this, you’ll start to see the big picture.
Let’s start with the first step, RESPONSIBILITY. This means not blindly accepting the opinion of some outside authority as the only way. Take a look at your previous choices as they may have led you to the problem. Then recognize that you can make new choices to remedy the situation. I am not telling you to stop seeing your health practitioner. I am suggesting that you gather as much information as possible and make your own decisions. Taking responsibility is meant to empower us to make new choices for a healthier result.
Next is AWARENESS, which is simply deeply knowing yourself by observing your thoughts and beliefs, your choices and outcomes, and your response to the world around you. As you observe, ask questions. Do you believe you can recover your health? What does the illness have to teach you? Why do you make the choices you make? What do you need to know? Through questioning, you’ll discover the things which seemed unchangeable are actually flexible and can be manipulated.
Proper nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Health and longevity depend on our daily nourishment. In 1988, the Surgeon General stated that two-thirds of the deaths in this country are related to diet. Our eating habits play a major role in many common diseases and emotional disorders. Most Americans have limited awareness of the power of food in maintaining health and reversing disease. The most effective diet includes whole grains, vegetables, low fat, no cholesterol, proteins, and fruits.
LETTING GO OF THE PAST. Resolving conflicts and discovering their positive impact on our lives is paramount in healing. Resentment, anger, guilt, and all negative emotional states are self-poisoning. They weaken cells and immunity and can also be the reason for illness. Let it go and move on.
FAITH and the developing sound judgments are important qualities in healing. Faith is knowing there’s an order and unity to life, a sense of wholeness, and connectedness with something larger than oneself. With faith, unlimited opportunities unfold, and we gain a sense of confidence in our choices.
FINDING YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE is prevalent among those who are healthy. Everyone has talents and skills through which they express themselves, and you do too! If you don’t find your unique creative expression, you’ll be restless and frustrated, regardless of the success in the conventional world. Purpose stimulates a deep sense of fulfillment and joy. With purpose, your life will take on much more meaning, trust me!
I didn’t have a purpose for many years. The second I knew where I was going my life took a turn for the best. If you don’t have a purpose yet, don’t worry! Focus on what makes you the happiest and visualize where and what you want to be. By working toward a goal and a purpose, you will feel alive and ready for anything.
Each of the above factors has a profoundly positive influence on your health and is more effective when bringing them together. When utilized, you can go beyond sickness to health and happiness. Start with small steps and build upon them for a holistic approach to your health. Action is the only thing preventing you from achieving optimal health.